Conservatives blast Chick-fil-A 'Tastes like hate' vandalism
August 3, 2012 | 9:33
As police and store employees grappled with graffiti that appeared overnight on the back wall of a Torrance Chick-fil-A, online supporters and protesters alike criticized the vandalism.
"Tastes like hate" was scrawled in large black lettering on the wall of the restaurant, mimicking the chain's advertising.
"The Chick-Fil-A stores are all independently owned. Vandalism, like that in L.A., hurts the local owner who may not share Cathy's views," Twitter user Paul DeBaufer (@Persecuted23) posted, referring to company President Dan Cathy's recent public stand against same-sex marriage that has sparked a national uproar.
"wow really? it's one thing to protest Chick-fil-A but vandalism? im all for freedom of speech but this has gone too far," @iluvmonchele28 wrote on Twitter. “Wow. So 2 wrongs make a right now days?” wrote another Twitter user from North Carolina.
Many conservatives blamed liberals, saying that their calls for tolerance ring hollow in the face of hateful graffiti.
"Liberals HATE getting beat at their own game so they stoop to vandalism & hypocrisy by spray painting Chick-Fil-A at night," tweeted one conservative blogger.
The vandalism appeared on the same day that gay rights activists planned a “National Same-Sex Kiss Day,” encouraging same-sex couples Friday to go to a Chick-fil-A and take a photo or video of themselves kissing.
It remains unclear whether this protest will generate the huge crowds that turned out Wednesday for "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," when tens of thousands waited through long lines in a show of support for Cathy.